Graduate Certificate of Planning

Course summary for current students

Year2017 course information
Award granted Graduate Certificate of Planning

This course is an exit option only


1 year part-time

Deakin course codeS563
Approval statusThis course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
Australian Quality Framework (AQF) recognitionThe award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 8.

Course sub-headings

Course overview

The Graduate Certificate of Planning can only be completed as an exit option from the Master of Planning (Professional). The course is made up of 4 credit points of study that will help you to develop an in depth awareness of planning issues from a variety of cross discipline perspectives.

Units in the course may include assessment hurdle requirements.

Fees and charges

Fees and charges vary depending on your course, your fee category and the year you started. To find out about the fees and charges that apply to you, visit the Current students fees website.

Course Learning Outcomes

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes (DGLOs)


Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)

Minimum Standards

1. Discipline- specific knowledge and capabilities: appropriate to the level of study related to a discipline or profession.


  • Develop specialised knowledge of ever-changing environments to produce plans that guide the development and improvement of liveable sustainable environments and communities.
  • Apply conceptual planning knowledge and capabilities with adaptability and fluency in improving sustainable environments and communities.
  • Use objectivity in the evaluation and formulation of designs and plans to address the immediate and future needs of sustainable environments and communities.
  • Predict the future needs of sustainable environments and communities.

2. Communication: using oral, written and interpersonal communication to inform, motivate and effect change.


  • Communicate with audiences in a variety of contexts using oral, written, digital, graphic and interpersonal communication modes to motivate public and private decisions and to effect change.
  • Communicate information, designs, and plans using a breath of media, technology, language and genre to stimulate, inform and effect change.

3. Digital literacy: using technologies to find, use and disseminate information.

  • Use knowledge of relevant tools and methodologies to locate, collect, analyse, interpret and synthesise information in planning practice.
  • Embrace appropriate technologies and demonstrate it use and application to locate, evaluate, analyse information in planning practice.

4. Critical thinking: evaluating information using critical and analytical thinking and judgment.

  • Laterally think and review problems, scenarios, designs and plans to address planning problems.


  • Make connections between systems and elements using analysis and thinking to project designs and plans of various types, selecting the techniques, approaches and tools appropriate to the task and situation.

5. Problem solving: creating solutions to authentic (real world and ill- defined) problems.

  • Apply knowledge to identify environmental, cultural and social problems, devise ways to investigate and resolve opportunities and constraints, drawing on evidence, and producing solutions as the basis for appropriate action.
  • Generate designs, solutions and strategies by taking in account variables, in outcomes relevant.
  • Demonstrate thinking that involves creativity and innovative solutions for projects by taking in account environmental, cultural and social variables, in outcomes.

6. Self-management: working and learning independently, and taking responsibility for personal actions.

  • Represent opinions and standards by working individually and collaboratively to produce designs and plans in a timely manner.
  • Apply knowledge and skills in an independent way to solve contemporary planning problems.
  • Individually exhibit a basic level of professionalism, consistently applying protocols with peers, colleagues and relevant stakeholders.
  • Demonstrate self-management through ethical conduct, and the identification and planning of future needs.

7. Teamwork: working and learning with others from different disciplines and backgrounds.

Not applicable

Not applicable

8. Global citizenship: engaging ethically and productively in the professional context and with diverse communities and cultures in a global context.

Not applicable

Not applicable

 Approved by Faculty Board 14 July 2016

Course rules

To qualify for the award of Graduate Certificate of Planning, you must successfully complete 4 credit points from the units listed below:

  • 2 core units
  • 2 course-grouped elective units

Course structure

Core Units

Students must complete at least 2 of the following units:

Trimester 1

SRD761Designing Urban Environments

SRP782Urban Dynamics and Change

Trimester 2

SRA744Urban Patterns and Precedents

SRP781Planning Processes and Practice


2 elective units chosen from S764 Master of Planning (Professional) course-grouped units